January 10, 2024
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
The planning cycle for the 2025-2027 Child Care Development Plan is now live. The plan provides exciting opportunities to discuss school-age child care access, licensing requirements, training requirements, professional development supports, school-age quality systems, coordination across systems, and more. 
Stakeholder Input wanted for new Child Care Development Plan

Happy 2024! Child care policy is undergoing its own new year’s revisions, and as key stakeholders, school-age child care providers and afterschool and summer programs serving youth ages 5 to 13 will play an important role.

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OnBikes delivers free bicycles to more than 150 children ...

OnBikes delivered free bicycles to more than 150 children in after-school programs in Tampa. The deliveries happened on Friday afternoon at Cyrus Greene Center and Fair Oaks Park Community Center.

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Brink Foundation writes $75,000 check for schools

“The funds allow us to really make a difference for our students. We’re able to bring more enrichment activities like STEM projects, STEM clubs, and clubs after school. We’re also able to do different things, like improving literacy..."

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Pandemic relief funds support the nutrition of young people

Holmes District Schools used ESSER II and ESSER III funds to support their Wings Afterschool Program after being denied other federal funds. The program has been around for twenty years and provides academic acceleration, homework help...

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ICYMI: 10-Year Old Named National Youth Entrepreneur of ...

HOUSTON, November 09, 2023--10-Year Old Named National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Lemonade Day Kid Takes Part in National Campaign to Give $6 Million to Charity

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Teen Day at the Capitol - Children's Week

Save the date! This unique opportunity for middle and high school students to get a better understanding of the legislative process up close and...

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Ends Jan 14: Florida's 2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Florida's 2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday ends January 14th. Here are the details, according to the Florida Dept. of Revenue's website.

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It's CS Ed Week! Here's how to celebrate.

December 4 through 10, 2023 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek)! CSEdWeek is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer

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Afterschool Meals Program

The AMP provides reimbursement for nutritious snacks and/or suppers served to children participating in eligible afterschool programs. Funding provided!

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Explore workforce ready curricula with WFSU

Students rarely imagine what they will be doing to earn an income when they complete their schooling, but this webinar (and links!) give you access to FREE resources to help you help them imagine their tomorrow.

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Learning from others: RED program is more than childcare...

Robbinsville Extended Day Programs offers “true enrichment” for the more than 170 participants in grades K-8. "The program is now 50% childcare-50% community education.”

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Out-of-school Time Evaluation & Assessment Tools
Webinar: Friday, January 12 at 10 AM
Decades of research confirm that high quality out-of-school time programs have positive impacts on child and youth development. However, translating impact to local programs often relies on the use program specific tools. Join us to explore available assessments and evaluation tools to measure individual student progress toward skill acquisition and knowledge retention, as well as how to use these tools to make data-driven decisions about programming.

Speaker: Lili Gomez Murphy, Executive Director, Florida After School, Inc.
DON'T MISS THIS: Aim High Grant Informational Session

The New York Life Foundation is set to award 40 grants to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving youth through their Aim High local grant program. Join us for a webinar on January 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this funding opportunity,...

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ACRES Coaching: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
Webinar: Wednesdays 1/17, 1/31, 2/14 at 11 AM - 1PM
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input.

Equitable Approaches to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

The Collaborative for Advancing Health Equity in Out-of-School Time (OST) invites OST professionals to join the Centering Equitable Approaches to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in OST Community of Practice (CoP)! Meetings start January 25.

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STEM Micro-credentialing & Digital Badging
ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length. You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them. Join ACRES for this informational session on Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 - 2:00pm EST.

Beyond School Hours - Conference Schedule Available

FEBRUARY 14-17, 2024 NEW ORLEANS, LA HILTON RIVERSIDE REGISTER NOW We focus on the hottest topics in education to spark your interest and keep you at the forefront of innovation. Whether you'

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